Rubina Dilaik

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Rubina Dilaik
Dilaik in 2022
Born (1987-08-26) 26 August 1987 (age 36)
Alma materSt. Bede's College, Shimla
Years active2008–present
Known for[1]
(m. 2018)

Rubina Dilaik (born 26 August 1987) is an Indian actress who primarily works in Hindi television.[2] Dilaik is widely recognised for her portrayal of Radhika Shastri in her acting debut Chotti Bahu and for portraying Soumya Singh, a transgender woman in Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki, for she received critical acclaim and won ITA Award for Best Actress Drama. In 2020, she emerged as the winner of Bigg Boss 14.[2][3]

Dilaik further participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12,[4] where she finished at fifth place and in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10,[5] where she finished as the 1st runner-up, both in 2022. Her other notable work include Punar Vivah – Ek Nayi Umeed and Jeannie Aur Juju. Dilaik made her Hindi film debut with Palash Muchhal's Ardh in 2022.[6]

Early life and work[edit]

Dilaik was born on 26 August 1987[2] in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.[2] She studied at Shimla Public School and St. Bede's College, Shimla. Her father is also a writer and has written many books in Hindi.[7]

In her early days, she was a beauty pageant contender for which she won two local beauty pageants and was crowned Miss Shimla in 2006. She was a national-level champion in debate during her school days. She is a graduate with a degree in English Literature with minors in Political science. In 2008, she won the Miss North India Pageant held at Chandigarh.[8]


Debut and breakthrough (2008–2013)[edit]

She started her acting career from Chotti Bahu though she wanted to be an IAS and was preparing but got selected in auditions was held in Chandigarh.[9] Dilaik gained recognition by playing Radhika Shastri in Zee TV's Chotti Bahu opposite Avinash Sachdev and reprising the role in the show's sequel.[10] In 2012, she played Simran "Smiley" Gill in Sony TV's Saas Bina Sasural.

In 2013, she played Divya Jakhotia in Zee TV's Punar Vivah – Ek Nayi Umeed opposite Karan Grover.[11][12]

Success and acclaim (2014–2019)[edit]

From 2013 to 2014, she portrayed Sita in Life OK's mythological show Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev and Jeannie in SAB TV's Jeannie Aur Juju.[13]

From 2016 to 2021, Dilaik portrayed Soumya Singh in Colors TV's Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki opposite Vivian Dsena, for which she was awarded for Best Personality in Colors' Golden Petal Awards 2017 and Best Actress in ITA Awards 2017. In March 2021, she returned to the series. It proved as a major turning point in her career.[14]

Bigg Boss 14 and beyond (2020–present)[edit]

Dilaik at Bigg Boss finale

In October 2020, Dilaik entered as a contestant in the fourteenth season of Bigg Boss, the Indian version of reality TV show Big Brother.[15] She took part in the house along with her husband Abhinav Shukla.[16] She stayed in the house for twenty weeks and emerged as the winner.[17][18]

In 2022, Dilaik participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12.[19]

Dilaik made her Hindi film debut with Ardh in 2022 alongside Rajpal Yadav and Hiten Tejwani.[20] It marks the directorial debut of music composer-singer Palash Muchhal. Rubina was chosen over 50 other girls during the look-test for the film. Ardh released digitally on ZEE5 on 10 June 2022 and received positive reviews from critics.[21]

In 2022, she participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10, where she ended up becoming the 1st runner-up.[22][23]

Personal life[edit]

Dilaik with husband in 2022

Dilaik had been in a relationship with her Chotti Bahu co-actor Avinash Sachdev before they split up in 2012.

Dilaik married her longtime boyfriend, actor Abhinav Shukla on 21 June 2018 in Shimla.[24] Dilaik revealed it on Bigg Boss 14 that her marriage with Shukla was falling apart before they entered the show.[25] She also revealed that they had given six months to each other before getting divorced. However, post the show they decided to continue their marriage while her husband said, "there's no divorce happening".[26] The couple welcomed twin girls on 27 November 2023, named Jeeva and Edhaa.[27][28]

Other work and public image[edit]

Dilaik in 2017

Dilaik's acting performances in Chotti Bahu, Punar Vivah – Ek Nayi Umeed, Jeannie Aur Juju and Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki, established her among the leading and highest-paid actresses of Hindi television.[29] Eastern Eye has credited Dilaik's "fast-growing fanbase", "fantastic talent and fearless approach", as a reason of her success.[30] She is known for portraying powerful roles on-screen.[31] In 2017, for her performance as Saumya, The Indian Express placed her at third position in its "Top 10 television actresses" list.[32]

Dilaik has frequently appeared in Eastern Eye's Top 50 Sexiest Asian Women List.[33] She ranked 26th in 2013, 11th in 2016 and 10th in 2017.[34][35][36] Dilaik ranked 18th in 2017 and 10th in 2020, in Times 20 Most Desirable Women on TV List.[37][38] In 2022, Dilaik was placed 31st in Eastern Eye's "Top 50 Asian Stars" list.[39]

Dilaik has been supporting LGBTQ community since her portrayal of a transgender in Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki.[40] Her Bigg Boss 14's winning gown and other gowns she wore on the show were sold for charity to support the LGBTQIA+ community, in commemoration of Pride Month in June 2021.[41] Dilaik is also one of the most followed television actress on Instagram.[42]



Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2020 Bareilly Ki Beti: The Youngest Survivor Mother Hindi Short film [43]
2022 Ardh Madhu [44]
2024 Chal Bhajj Chaliye Prabh Punjabi [45]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008–2010 Chotti Bahu Radhika Shastri Purohit [46]
2011–2012 Chotti Bahu 2 Radhika "Ruby" Bhardwaj Purohit [47]
2012 Saas Bina Sasural Simran "Smiley" Gill [48]
2013 Punar Vivah – Ek Nayi Umeed Divya Malhotra Jakhotia [49]
2013–2014 Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev Sita [50]
Jeannie Aur Juju Jeannie [51]
2016–2021 Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki Soumya Singh [52]
2020–2021 Bigg Boss 14 Contestant Winner [53]
2022 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 5th place [54]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 1st runner-up [55]
2023 Entertainment Ki Raat Housefull Host

Special appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2008 Banno Main Teri Dulhan Radhika Shastri
Kasamh Se
2009 Saat Phere – Saloni Ka Safar
2010 Pavitra Rishta
Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan Herself [56]
2013 Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke [57]
2014/2015 Box Cricket League [58]
2016 Bigg Boss 10 Soumya Singh [59]
2017 Sasural Simar Ka [60]
Savitri Devi College & Hospital
Bigg Boss 11 [61]
Entertainment Ki Raat
2018 Tu Aashiqui
Ishq Mein Marjawan [62]
Bigg Boss 12 [63]
2019 Khatra Khatra Khatra Herself
Bigg Boss 13 Soumya Singh [64]
2021 Dance Deewane 3 Herself
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 [65]
Bigg Boss OTT 1 [66]
2022 Bigg Boss 15 [67]
The Khatra Khatra Show
Saavi Ki Saavari [68]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2022 Wanderlust Rubina MX Player series [69]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Singer(s) Ref.
2021 Boss Lady Rubina Roach Killa [70]
Marjaneya Neha Kakkar [71]
Galat Asees Kaur [72]
Tumse Pyaar Hai Vishal Mishra [73]
Bheeg Jaunga Stebin Ben [74]
Shah Rukh Khan Inder Chahal [75]
2022 Ishq Sarthi K
2023 Sanam Aa Gaya Payal Dev, Stebin Ben [76]


Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2009 Indian Telly Awards Fresh New Face – Female Chotti Bahu Nominated
2010 Gold Awards Debut in a Lead Role (Female) Nominated
2016 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress – Drama Shakti - Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki Won [77]
Best Actress (Popular) Nominated
2017 Gold Awards Most Fit Actress Won [78]
Asian Viewers Television Awards Female Actor of the Year Shakti – Astitva Ki Ehsaas Ki Nominated [79]
2018 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Popular) Nominated [80]
2018 Gold Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Nominated
2019 Nominated
2019 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Nominated
2022 Indian Television Academy Awards Popular Actress - OTT Wanderlust Nominated [81]
2023 Bollywood Hungama Style Icons Most Stylish TV Star (Female) Nominated [82]

See also[edit]


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